Dr. Gastón had a standing-room-only Book Signing and Discussion Event at Books and Books in Coral Gables. The Event was live-streamed on the web and announced via Books and Books’ extensive marketing venues. Click on the picture or the link below to watch:

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The newly published text is a major addition to the documentation of the extraordinary medicinal herbs of the Oriental Pharmacopeia.  A lot of the photographs were taken by Dr. Gastón in Harbin, PRC during his training in medical school at the teaching hospitals of the Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

This is the first time that the Oriental herbs have been comprehensively compiled with photography of the ‘Live Herbs’.  The notes accompanying the photos have been carefully researched and based on medical school notes as well as over two decades of clinical experience.

The work is important in that it presents this extraordinary body of knowledge in a beautiful format that everyone can appreciate – not just herbalists and acupuncturists.

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Oriental Herbology Clinical Notes: The Live Herbs

by Dr. Robert Gastón, OMD

This scholarly text is the first comprehensive collection of photographs of the ‘live’ Oriental pharmacopia.

It is meant to educate doctors and laymen alike on the extraordinary nature of Oriental Herbology.  The notes were originally compiled and written during Oriental medical school training at the Community School of Traditional Chinese Healthcare in Miami, Florida, the Heilongjiang University of  Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin, PRC, the Ryan White program at South Shore Hospital in Miami Beach and the University of Miami post-graduate courses in Oriental Medicine.  These notes have been continuously supplemented in clinical practice for over two decades.

The most commonly used agents in the clinic are included and accompanied by photography of the live herbs, the live animals or the raw form of the minerals.  This should facilitate identification in the field and provide guidance for their appropriate collection and preparation anywhere.  A lot of the photographs were taken by the author at the herbarium of the First Hospital of Heilongjiang University.

This is a limited edition under a non-profit arrangement. The retail price is $179.95, which covers printing, shipping and handling costs.  It contains 814 pages and 331 full-color plates.  It is available on Amazon.com internationally.

Dr. Gastón has a BS in applied physics from MIT and an OMD from The Community School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Miami, Florida.  He is board-certified by the NCAAOM as an Acupuncture Physician and worked as an OR nurse at the Massachussetts General Hospital and at the emergency room of  Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Robert Gastón, OMD ● Quan Yin Medical Center ● (305) 758-7011